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Catalunya: Andreas Zuber weekend summary

Zuber competitive, but unlucky in Spain Sunday, 10 May 2009 - Andreas Zuber, the young driver from the UAE started his fourth GP2 season this weekend. Zuber who had qualified fifth was forced to retire in race 1 after a water leak and also ...

Zuber competitive, but unlucky in Spain

Sunday, 10 May 2009 - Andreas Zuber, the young driver from the UAE started his fourth GP2 season this weekend. Zuber who had qualified fifth was forced to retire in race 1 after a water leak and also retired from race 2 after contact with Rodriguez that damaged his car on lap six of the second race at the Catalunya track.

Andreas Zuber comments his weekend, "The Barcelona track is difficult, but I am as fit as I was last season. Like most of the drivers, I completed a rather conservative shakedown in practice and was feeling good."

In qualifying Andreas was ready to fight for a strong position in the classification and his gamble was to be fast right away. Andreas explains: "I was third fastest in my first timed outing on lap four with 1.28.624. In the last moments I slipped to fifth, but I was pleased overall because the team - FMSI - had never had such a strong qualifying".

Andreas Zuber was hoping for a good race 1 in this very competitive series but a coolant pipe problem washed out his race one hopes. Andreas Zuber comments: "A pity: I had an excellent start to race 1 and quickly moved up to third. But then I heard a popping noise from my car and the others came past me. There was water everywhere as a pipe had burst. I soon slipped to thirteenth and then I was forced to an early retirement on lap 6, hoping that the engine would not be damaged. I am really disappointed that this problem cost us the chance of a podium and even fighting for the win, as I was confident that we could bounce back given that we had a strong and performing car."

For race 2, on Sunday, the weather was threatening in the morning but the track temperature were still high, which suited the FMSI car as the team tested well under hot temperatures. Andreas comments: "It is hard to go home when you are not at the top of the sheet and with no points when you deserve the points. I was starting from 25th position for the 26-lap race because of the retirement yesterday. I dashed out of my position. My times were really good. Then I was hit by Roldan Rodriguez and the car suffered a puncture. I went in to replace the right front tyre but there was too much damage with a bent suspension. I was forced to retire. At least we have assessed that the car is in good shape for Monaco which is already at the corner and the next race in the Championship. It's a track and a race that I love. Monaco is where I crossed the prestigious finish line in fifth place and I scored the first points of my rookie GP2 2006 season. But I need points for the team! My next goal."

-credit: az

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